‘Riverfront Run’

Madison Regatta steps in
to revive canceled car show

Annual car show in Madison
to be held on riverfront May 28

By Laura Hodges
Contributing Writer

(May 2011) – “The Run lives on – that’s our motto,” said Kim Washer, who has stepped in to chair Madison’s traditional Memorial Day car show.
For 15 years, the Choice Automobiles of Madison (CAM) sponsored the show under the name River Run Car Show. After CAM announced in March that it would not present the show this year, Madison Regatta Inc. offered to take on the project.
The show will go on. It is now billed as the Madison Regatta Riverfront Run Car Show on Saturday, May 28.
“We hated to see the show go away,” said Washer, in her 14th year as Regatta’s festival chairman. “It brings a lot to Madison.”
“We’re really excited that they have decided to pick it up,” said Madison Area and Convention Bureau Executive Director Linda Lytle. “It was going to be a big loss to the community. That show has a great reputation and draws visitors from throughout the tri-state area.”
“It’s a beautiful event, down by the Lanier home and by the riverfront. It’s a great venue, said Washer. “It’s the only one in southern Indiana on Memorial Day weekend,” she added.
Washer and everyone else on the Riverfront Run committee love to show cars themselves. “I have a 1982 Corvette and Kenny (her husband) has a 1984 Corvette,” said Washer. Other old car enthusiasts on the committee are Bob and Jeanine Little, Eli and Connie Whitney, and Mike Bear.
Many other volunteers will be needed to help on the day of the show, Washer said. Bear, a resident of Vevay, Ind., has experience running that city’s car show each September. He is identifying judges who will decide the many awards to be given to car owners.
The committee is currently seeking trophy sponsors. “Top 100” trophy sponsors pay $25, specialty trophy sponsors pay $35 and T-shirt sponsors pay $200 each. “We’re making really good progress,” reported Washer. Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp. is the show’s title sponsor, and Morgan-Nay Funeral Centre is an associate sponsor.
The event has earned its reputation as a high-quality event. Under CAM’s leadership, the River Run Car Show often attracted 400 show vehicles. “I’m praying for good weather and 400 cars,” said Washer although she conceded that she’s actually expecting from 200 to 400 vehicles. “It’s fun. It’s good for the community, and I’m all about community.”
The Riverfront Run Car Show, which is free to the public, will fill Vaughn Drive on Madison’s riverfront from West Street to Elm Street.
Food vendors will again be located near Crystal Beach pavilion. Broadway Street will be the location for dealer automobiles, the Miss Madison display boat and other attractions. Tim Torrance of WORX Radio will spin old-time rock music throughout the day.
Car owners can expect door prizes of gift baskets and automotive products. There will be no money drawings this year, however organizers of the Hot August Nights Car Show will sell raffle tickets for the car they’ll give away in August.
Madison Regatta Inc. will use the car show to kick off sales of its 2011 Regatta admission wristbands.
Car owners can pre-register their cars by obtaining a form from Washer, (812) 599-6635. Pre-registration costs $15, while day-of-show registration is $20. Cars will be checked in from 8 a.m. to noon in front of Brown Gym on Broadway. “We have people start to line up at 3 a.m.,” said Washer. “A lot of people like to park by the pool. That’s just a prime spot there by Crystal Beach.”
Riverfront Run Car Show is just one of several events planned for Madison on Memorial Day weekend.
• Fourth Friday Art & Shop Hop on Friday, May 27, is an opportunity to enjoy live music and arts demonstrations as well as evening shopping at Madison’s downtown stores. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.
• Fete de la Fleur will be held at Madison Vineyards, 1456 E. County Road 400 North, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. This traditional lawn party celebrates the flowering of the vines and the countdown to the fall vintage. There will be live music. Admission is $5 per person, under 12 free.
• Spring Old Court Days, featuring crafts, collectibles and food booths, will be held May 27-29 on the streets surrounding the Jefferson County Courthouse. Admission is free. Old Court Days is presented by the Pilot Club of Madison.
• Fair Play Fish Fry will be held Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fair Play Fire Co., 405 E. Main St., is Indiana’s oldest fire company.

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